The College of Wooster - Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Analysis
Team members: Spencer Gilbert, Kayleigh Marks, Emily Partika
Faculty advisors: Peter Abramo, Entrepreneurship and Brett Woodard, Experiential Learning
Project Description: The College of Wooster’s Center for Entrepreneurship initiated a project in 2016 to develop a plan to build a sustainable college-community entrepreneurial ecosystem. Based on preliminary research conducted, the team accomplished the project objective by developing a plan to create an active, interconnected local ecosystem that supports entrepreneurship and ties The College into various elements provided by community institutions. After researching, conducting interviews with local entrepreneurs, and attending the Deshpande Symposium at UMass Lowell, the team developed project ideas to implement at The College of Wooster and proposed them at the end of the eight-week period. The following are a sample of their ideas: a new group they referred to as “IDEA” (Innovation and Development of the Entrepreneurial Arts); an entrepreneurial living learning community; and a consulting course that would represent a lesser capacity of the AMRE consulting program, and would be tied to a class for credit.